Sun & Skin News: Fall 2012 (Vol. 29, No. 3)
Just one indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanning session increases users’ chances of developing melanoma by 20 percent, and each additional session during the same year boosts the risk almost another two percent, according to a major new study.
Could hair professionals lead a new front in the war against skin cancer? At least one melanoma patient credits her stylist with saving her life. “Sharon noticed a quarter-sized salmon-colored spot on my scalp,” Bonnie Sedlmayr-Emerson, of Tucson, AZ, told The Skin Cancer Foundation. “She said she’d never noticed it before and showed it to me in a mirror. She thought I should have it looked at.”Read More
Can high oral doses of vitamin A reduce melanoma risk? A 2012 study suggests it can, contradicting recent speculation that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A commonly added to sunscreens and low-fat dairy products, increases users’ risk of skin cancer when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. More than two million people will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the US in 2012.Read More
I’ve been diagnosed with nonmelanoma skin cancer. What happens now, and how will it be treated?Read More